The first opportunity you have to make the right impression is through your job application. To some this may sound silly to be told this fact, but you may be surprised to know that a large number of job applicant do not know this simple fact.

You may also be surprised to know that some application are written in green, red ink or even pencil. The current trend of internet application may have caused some people to think these are issues of the past, the truth is sooner or later you will have to fill out a hard copy application. Most companies will ask you to fill out hard copy for human resources .

What you must not do with your employment application

  1. Do not fold, bend, crinkle, crumple or mutilate the application
  2. Do not lie or misrepresent yourself on the application
  3. Do not eat, or drink while filling out the application
  4. Do not be vague about your time frame or monetary expectation
  5. Do not allow your friend, parent, girlfriend/boyfriend return the application

What you must do with your employment application

  1. Use blue or black ink to fill out the application
  2. Complete the entire application
  3. Print legibly on the application
  4. Return the application to the company on a personal and professional manner
  5. Be precise about dates, contacts, expectations and compensation.

Additional tips

Make sure you complete the application on the spot if possible, rather than taking it home to return later. Appearance is very important, when filling out the application, make sure you are remembered as a boy/girl in a professional out fit

Employment interview

The second opportunity you have to make the best impression is during the interview. For a lot of people interview can be very unnerving, because there are many expectations placed on the meeting by both the interviewer and interviewee.

As a candidate for a job interview, there are some dos and don’ts

What you must not do

  • Do not be late
  • Do not under dress
  • Do not use slang, curse, or make derogatory comments
  • Do not chew gum, play with your hair, eat, drink or smoke
  • Do not be a know it all
  • Do not address the interviewer by their first name unless you are invited to do so
  • Do not fold your arms across your body or shove your hands in your pocket
  • Do not speak ill of your teachers, classmate, employers or co-workers
  • Do not offer irrelevant personal information
  • Do not wear sunglasses, hats, too much perfume or make up

What your must do

  • Be at least 10 minutes early
  • Dress for success
  • Be confidence¬† and courteous
  • Offer handshake and smile when introducing yourself
  • Be prepared
  • Respond to the interviewer’s questions in a clear and concise manner
  • Look the interviewer in the eye when speaking to them
  • Answer questions honestly
  • Offer relevant information about yourself
  • Be professional

These simple but effective guidelines will help you make the right impression during your job interview

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Source by Markbor